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Fact Monster

Grades & Subjects: K-8, all subjectsFact Monster is part of Family Education Network and is a free reference site for children, teachers, and parents. Fact Monster’s homework center offers online math flashcards for kids to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills, and a conversion calculator for all kinds of units of measurement. The site also offers an atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia, plus loads of writing assignment advice, including how to write an essay, biography, and bibliography. The U.S. almanac is a lifesaver when your child is writing a report on one of the 50 states!

Hippo Campus

Grades & Subjects: All grades and subjects, especially math and science for middle school & upHippoCampus.org is a free website that offers rich multimedia academic content — videos, animations, quizzes, and simulations. The site offers more than 5,700 free videos collected from various academic institutions in 13 subject areas, including algebra, geometry, calculus, earth science, biology, physics, history, and English. Math Snacks is a series of cool animated videos and games that help teach middle school math concepts using fun, visual techniques. STEMbite is a series of videos that discuss math and science in the real word, such as the math behind barcodes, and the science behind polarized sunglass lenses. Visual learning and real-world application are two important educational concepts in the Common Core Standards.

Khan Academy

Grades & Subjects: AllKhan Academy is a nonprofit that aims to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” The site offers a growing library of high-quality educational videos that can help parents brush up on school subjects or guide their child through homework with evidence and visual aids, which are big concepts in the Common Core. Whether you’re looking for a crash course in world history or biology, or even just basic math concepts, there are nicely paced videos on almost every topic. There are even videos to help kids learn computer programming or prepare for the SAT.

Wonderopolis

Grades & Subjects: K-8, especially science and social studiesKids say — and ask — the darnedest things! Wonderopolis.org is a neat nonprofit website that answers all sorts of questions submitted by children with fact-filled, kid-friendly articles and fun-to-watch videos. There’s the “Wonder of the Day,” plus an archive of hundreds of past “wonders.” The articles and videos could serve as great inspiration for school assignments, such as science projects or history or English reports.